“Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it’s stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
The vision of Capp as a strengths organisation is to match the world to your perfect job. They lead in designing and developing the next generation of strengths based products and services and have created a strengths profiling tool to identify individual strengths and unlock barriers. During the process and depending on how you answer the questions, 60 different strengths (also referred to as attributes), will show up in one of 4 quadrants:-
Realised strengths – you are good at, energised by and you use them often
Learned behaviours – you are good at but they are de-energising for you
Weaknesses – not good at and do not enjoy
Unrealised strengths – you are good at, they energise, but you are not using them
By discovering, developing and making the most of your strengths, your R2 profile will provide a number of benefits, for you personally and also for your employer. It’s a framework to further understand ourselves, our motivations and why some tasks fill us with energy and curiosity, while others make us feel exhausted, resentful and wanting to run for the hills!
1. Learn more about yourself, what motivates you and why
2. Be more engaged, confident, happier and productive
3. Better develop your career and your future
4. Improve your performance and achieve your goals
5. Increase effective delegation and strengthen team relationships
6. Enhance performance review conversations
We are finding more and more that companies are committed to supporting employees to identify their own strengths, realising the positive impact this will have on productivity, employee engagement and the overall company culture. The days of expecting every employee to perform effectively and show talent across a broad range of skills or earn a score of “above average” in relation to every task during their annual review process, is becoming a thing of the past. What has been seen to fail many times is where organisations place employees in positions that do not necessarily allow the worker to play to their strengths or to develop leadership skills. Employees are plugged into an existing system where resource is needed the most in the hope that the employee will succeed.
If the employee does not exceed, they may be forced to under take a training course (think Accounting for Non-Accountants) attend Toast Masters when public speaking is nothing short of a living nightmare (and a reason they chose Operations over Sales!) or tailor their leadership approach to better meet the needs of the company (think less flamboyant, more reserved).
A strength-based model approaches employee needs in a very different way. It assumes that each employee has a certain set of strengths and that these strengths differ greatly from person to person. This model assumes these strengths can be utilised in the workplace and, therefore, the employee’s role should be based on these strengths, ultimately resulting in a sense of fulfilment for the worker.
Gallup research shows that the employee who has the opportunity to utilise his strengths is six times more likely to be more actively involved in their occupational role, rather than those that don’t. In fact, Gallup’s research indicates that those who do not operate from a position of strength tend to achieve less, feel less fulfilled and interact poorly with other employees and customers.
Here are some questions to ponder on and which may support with your own strength spotting:-
1. On a day where you are feeling productive and a true sense of accomplishment, what are you doing?
2. What gives you the greatest sense of being authentic and who you really are?
3. What are you doing when you feel the most invigorated?
4. What are you most looking forward to in the future?
Completing the R2 strengths profile and a 1-hour debrief with an accredited R2 coach will help you understand your individual results and set new and invigorating goals. This exploration and learning around strengths is an essential component of our 3-day residential Leap programme. You can read more about our Leap programme by clicking here.